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Westmalle Trappist Dubbel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

2,051 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 2,051
Reviews: 1,113
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 10.55%
Wants: 113
Gots: 145 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Westmalle visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-25-2000)
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vhmf1978

Brazil

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

12-05-2013 02:54:55 | More by vhmf1978
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bkwhoppa66

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

06-28-2014 23:41:37 | More by bkwhoppa66
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Sachsenfreude

Germany

4.65/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Really nice, a Duppel in a class of its own. Clear to murky brown body with a light tan head, great retention and lacing. Smell and taste are a mix of dark fermented fruits, sugars, and München style malts, boiled in corn syrup with alcohol to thin it all out.
Very complex and heavy in the mouth but with a smooth, warm finish. Some remaining tartness and hops coat the palate. Hard to describe this one...just a master of the style and worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2011 04:40:41 | More by Sachsenfreude
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MooseBoose

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

03-31-2014 16:40:50 | More by MooseBoose
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Allurex

Kansas

4/5  rDev -4.1%

12-07-2011 02:18:50 | More by Allurex
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GratefulEdd

Alabama

4/5  rDev -4.1%

01-19-2014 06:03:31 | More by GratefulEdd
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WiserBud

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

05-08-2014 01:27:37 | More by WiserBud
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TinusTime

Virginia

4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark rich brown with a HUGE frothy head that took long enough to subside that one could make a sandwich, clean up and have a smoke before it would be half way down. Smell is rich of Chocolate,Caramel, and Dried fruit. Taste is Rich and full with lite brown sugar notes with some lightly brandied fruit and a touch of breadiness. Drinks smoothly with just a hint of alcohol on the tongue. A definate post dessert. Would go great with a nice rich cigar sitting on the deck with old friends.. A tasty treat, not as good as the triple... but holds its own.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2004 04:34:12 | More by TinusTime
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rkhaze

California

4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky light chestnut with a medium sized, quickly disappating tan head. Smells of malt and lots of fruit. Raisins, plums and bananas all macerated in rum and brown sugar. Of course there was that lightly tart Belgian yeast as well.
Tastes of sweet earthy malt. Fruit, spices, some nuts and a date like sweetness. Kinda a cross between a bready rum soaked fruitcake and a lightly sweet bananas foster. Finishes with a tartness that reminded me of green apples. Although there were a lot of flavors here, they all seemed a bit subdued. Not as intense as other Trappist ales. Good in it's subtlety.
Medium bodied with a rich mouthfeel and lots of carbonation.
Alcohol is hidden well and the not so much "in your face" flavors lead to outstanding drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2004 03:55:58 | More by rkhaze
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AaronHomoya

Indiana

4.65/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark auburn-brown color with decent head size and good retention.

Great, complex aroma of malt and hops, sweet, roasted, fruity, spicy.

Taste is also wonderful and complex. Starts out with roasted malt, then malty sweetness, hops and a sweet, clean finish.

Mouthfeel is a nice medium body with good, but not too strong carbonation.

A great beer with delicious malt, roasty, hoppy flavor and aroma that is very smooth and easy to drink despite the good strength.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2006 17:05:52 | More by AaronHomoya
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ScreamForMe

Washington

4/5  rDev -4.1%

01-30-2012 02:48:04 | More by ScreamForMe
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drh1382

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

11-28-2011 03:54:13 | More by drh1382
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Mullinger1980

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

03-27-2013 02:23:18 | More by Mullinger1980
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Antnyd82

Illinois

5/5  rDev +19.9%

01-03-2012 10:04:38 | More by Antnyd82
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bigdaddypolite

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +19.9%

11-19-2011 03:04:18 | More by bigdaddypolite
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KindaFondaGoozah

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -4.1%

10-06-2013 20:06:16 | More by KindaFondaGoozah
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Fugazme

Nebraska

4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served with a pint glass. Not especially excited about the server bringing me that... anyway.

Poured very dark with a tall, white head. The glass had something to do with that. I had to let it dissipate for a bit before smelling. It was ice cold, so letting it sit a few minutes was no biggy.

Smells of raisin and fruit. A touch of alcohol and a lot of malt.

Taste is on target. Thick and juicy... some fig and lots of sweet.
Molasses and sugary.

I'd buy this in a store, but probably not at a bar again as it set me back eight bucks. Worth it once!

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2005 03:28:19 | More by Fugazme
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SuperSpy

Georgia

4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A tan, and creamy looking, two-finger head. The color is a dark, cloudy brown.

The aroma has plenty of yeast esters, prunes, and a hint of sweet malt.

A very creamy mouthfeel. It's quite smooth and works very well with the dark fruit flavors that appear upfront. The middle introduces a rustic and yeasty bread flavor that becomes slightly crisp and dry right before the beer becomes somewhat spicy with a warm alcohol flavor and sensation.

A great Trappist beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2011 21:37:07 | More by SuperSpy
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caddybuyer

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a caged and corked 750 into a chalice.

A-First pour is an extremely attractive cherry cola color with a one finger tan head that settles rapidly into nothingness. Great color, but a rather flat looking beer.

S-Sweet licorice malts, caramel and a hint of sourness and alcohol

T-Unexpectedly sour, slightly fruity with licorice malts. Not nearly as tasty as I had hoped. Things get a little more interesting at the bottom of the bottle as the yeast pours in, but the increasingly noticeable metallic aftertaste is also present.

M-Fairly decent, a little lighter that I thought, and slightly light on the carbonation

D-This is fairly drinkable, but there are many other Belgians and Belgian copies that I would rather drink.

I'll try this again to see if I like it better, obviously many do, but this just didn't do it for me. Not that it was bad, I just expected much more.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2009 00:41:55 | More by caddybuyer
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TubbyDullard

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

10-28-2013 21:18:12 | More by TubbyDullard
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99bottles

Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a beautiful beer with a rich red-brown color crowned with thin tan lace that leaves sticky swirls on the inside of the glass. It has a full nose of sweet malted barley, and of carmel. The taste is divine. Sweet carmel and molasses intertwine with notes of brown sugar, nutmeg, raisin, cherry, prune and sweet bread pudding. This is decadent and satisfying. The mouthfeel is nice because it is not as heavy as you'd expect for all these rich flavors. This makes it easily drinkable, and a wonderful example of a Belgain Dubbel.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2004 18:42:52 | More by 99bottles
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DerBayer

Germany

4.68/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This pours a surprisingly dark brown with off white big frothy head

Smell is of cherries caramel and some bitter hops

The taste is of the same but wonderfully balanced between sweet and bitter notes - miles better than the triple a definite 5

Mouthfeel is refreshing and nicely carbonated but too prickly almost

Drinkability is HIGH HIGH HIGH

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2009 09:36:56 | More by DerBayer
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bshiban

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

01-25-2014 12:43:27 | More by bshiban
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chickencoop

California

4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big deep dark amber pour, not much on top, head was prettty thin, but still appealing. Smell was a massive caramel, malty sweetness. On to the taste, and well, very malty sweetness as the nose, but a nice dry fizziness to finish it off. At first I was not that impressed, but that was based on the hype, but as I drank a few more sips, it warms up to you and the fizziness on the end cleans the pallate and your ready for more. A true classic, amesome to pair with cheese.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2011 05:47:26 | More by chickencoop
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BoRaeCho

California

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

04-16-2012 00:41:34 | More by BoRaeCho
Westmalle Trappist Dubbel from Brouwerij Westmalle
93 out of 100 based on 2,051 ratings.